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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner is a staff correspondent covering pay, benefits and other federal workforce issues. He joined Government Executive in the spring of 2017 after extensive experience writing about state and local issues in Maryland and Virginia, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Alexandria Times. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
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OPM Information Request Sheds Light on Planned Employee Digital Record

June 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management issued a Request for Information last week related to its plans to develop a governmentwide employee digital record that would make it easier for federal workers to transfer between agencies or leave and then re-enter government. The request, posted June 1, asked businesses for possible...

OPM Information Request Sheds Light on Planned Employee Digital Record

June 5, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management issued a request for information last week related to its plans to develop a governmentwide employee digital record that would make it easier for federal workers to transfer between agencies or leave and then re-enter government. The request, posted June 1, asked businesses for possible...

Workforce Executive Orders Miss the Mark, Observers Say

June 5, 2018 Although the Trump administration said its recent executive orders on the federal workforce will make agencies more efficient and solve age-old performance management difficulties, good government observers said the measures will do little to alleviate the problem. An order aiming to streamline the disciplinary and firing process for federal workers...

OPM Implements Obama Order Authorizing Volunteer Contributions to Combined Federal Campaign

June 4, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management late last week issued guidance for implementation of an Obama era executive order expanding participation in the federal government’s annual charity giving drive to include volunteerism. In a memo to agencies on Friday, OPM Director Jeff Pon formalized new rules that volunteer hours given by...

Union Files Suit to Block Executive Orders on Official Time, Firing

June 1, 2018 The National Treasury Employees Union on Friday became the second group to sue the Trump administration over its recent executive orders aimed at streamlining the firing process and curbing unions’ ability to negotiate with agency leaders and represent workers. In a lawsuit filed against Trump and Office of Personnel Management...

The Fine Print of Trump's Executive Order on Official Time

June 1, 2018 President Trump’s recent executive orders aimed at streamlining the firing process and significantly curbing the power of federal employee unions already have produced outrage and lawsuits from employee groups. One of the orders that has drawn particular ire seeks to reduce the use of official time, a practice where union...

Most TSP Funds Grew in May

June 1, 2018 Most portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program made gains last month. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, made up of small- and mid-size businesses, led the way, growing 4.85 percent in May. Since January, the fund has gained 5.26 percent. The common stocks of the C Fund...

The Fine Print of Trump’s Collective Bargaining Executive Order

May 31, 2018 The executive orders signed by President Trump last week that aim to streamline the firing process and significantly curb the influence of federal employee unions have produced a flurry of activity this week, as the largest union sued to block one order Wednesday and other groups considered similar action. Administration...

Largest Federal Employee Union Sues to Block Official Time Executive Order

May 31, 2018 The largest union representing federal employees sued the Trump administration Wednesday over President Trump’s executive order significantly curbing the use of official time by union representatives, arguing the edict violates the First Amendment and exceeds the president’s constitutional authority. In a lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court for the...

The Fight Over Official Time, TSP Changes and More

May 30, 2018 The debate over the practice where federal employees who are union members are paid to perform representational duties heated up last week, beginning with a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill and ending with an executive order that aims to significantly curb its use. Last Thursday, Republicans on the House Oversight...